“Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis”

November 16th, 2012
Join the COEX Program for its final film on
“the Responsibility to Negotiate or to Fight”


“Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis”
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
HERO or TRAITOR? Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann, rescuing 1700 Jews on a train to Switzerland, and may have saved tens of thousands more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; accused as a collaborator in a libel trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the “man who sold his soul to the devil.” It was a verdict overturned by Israel’s Supreme Court but too late for Kasztner. He was ultimately assassinated by Jewish right wing extremists in Tel Aviv in 1957.
Director, Gaylen Ross, investigates this tale of murder, intrigue, and heroism through accounts of the inflammatory political trial, startling revelations after 50 years by Kasztner’s assassin, Ze’ev Eckstein, and a chilling meeting between the killer and Kasztner’s daughter, Zsuzsi.
Join a post-film discussion with:
  • Gaylen Ross, the film’s director
  • George Rozsa, Hungarian Holocaust survivor whose family was on the “Kasztner train”
  • Jehuda Reinharz, President Emeritus, Brandeis
  • Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University
  • Alain Lempereur, Alan B. Slifka Professor of Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis
”If you know the name Rezso Kasztner, you won’t need any encouragement to see “Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis.” If you don’t, that is even more reason to see this documentary on the strange and compelling life and death of one of the most morally complex figures to come out of the Holocaust. “   – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“One of the Ten Best Films of The Year” – Hannah Brown, The Jerusalem Post
 ‘Splendid” – Jerome Chanes, The Jewish Forward
Awards and Festivals:
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
Official Selection Titanic Film Festival, Budapest
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Boston Jewish Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Minneapolis Jewish Film FestivalSeen in over 11 countries, acclaimed theatrical release in the Untied States, France and Israel, with official presentations Museum of Jewish Heritage, Bergen Belsen Memorial, Yad Vashem, and Memorial de la Shoah in Paris.
Sponsored by the Master’s Programs in Coexistence and Conflict
With the support of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation
 (download poster here).
Free and open to the public

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